I am fully booked for the month of November and taking a "Crate Break"... Ops! "Cake Break" in December! Closed for the year! Open for commissions for 2016.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Zhen Yu's "Toy Story" Books with Woody and Buzz Lightyear

This cake was designed for my client who commissioned me to make a Toy Story themed cake for her nephew Zhen Yu's 3rd birthday.The cake is to resemble a couple of books stacked one atop another. Of course, this Toy Story themed cake would not be complete without its two main characters, Woody, the Cowboy Sheriff and Buzz Lightyear, the Space Ranger.

Books on the timber flooring
The title of the book is the birthday boy's name amidst stars and golden planets
Stacked books
Fondant covered cake board with timber floor effect
Happy Birthday message along the book spines
Woody sugar art figurine sitting on top of the books with his legs dangling over the edge
Woody closeup (anti clockwise from top left) : 1. Stetson hat 2. Boots with gold spurs 3. Book in hand, "Reading is good for you" 4. Back view with checkered shirt and cow print vest 5. Front view with red scarf and gold sheriff badge
Buzz sugar art figurine sitting beside the books
Buzz closeup (anti clockwise from top left) : 1. Front panel with colored buttons and hand painted "Space Ranger" emblem 2. Space boots 3. Right arm with laser button and laser 4. Left arm with hand painted rocket emblem
Happy Birthday Zhen Yu and Thanks for the order, Brenda. : )

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ethan's Mr & Mrs Potato Head and their Detachable Parts Cupcakes

These were last minute cupcakes which I made for my son Ethan to celebrate his belated birthday with his friends, teachers and therapists at The Learning Connection, a school for children with learning disabilities. Still exhausted from the weeks of preparation and creation of my "Black Lace" wedding cake entry at the ICCA Cake Competition, I had decided not to celebrate his birthday this year. Also, some important family members were not around on the day itself . However, I changed my mind and these cupcakes were the result. I chose this theme because Ethan has a Mr Potato Head toy which his therapists  uses  to teach him body parts via play, and I also thought that it would be fun for the children to identify the parts while enjoying the cupcakes.

Mr. Potato Head
Mrs. Potato Head
The happy couple?
Standing on their cupcakes
Bowler hats
Eyes, ears and nose
Lips, teeth and tongue
Hands or gloves?
44 cupcakes!
Happy Belated Birthday to my dearest son, Ethan!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"Black Lace" : Wedding Cake Entry in the ICCA Annual Cake Competition 2010

This is my "Black Lace" wedding cake that I designed and submitted as entry in the Wedding Cake category at the ICCA Annual Cake Competition  2010 held at Sunway Giza on October 1st to 3rd. The international panel of judges consisted of Eddie Spence, MBE (UK), Debbie Brown (UK), Rosalind Chan (Canada) and Rose Wallace (USA). Eddie Spence is the Master of Royal Icing and cake maker to England's Royal Family. I am ecstatic that my cake was "commended" as one of the top 10 entries in the competition. Great for a first timer!

"Topsy Turvy" 4 tier wedding cake

with Black and White contrast

I chose the colors black on white because they are a total  contrast and would bring out the black royal icing lace and string work against the white background to the best effect. I also love the challenge of producing a clean and neat cake despite black being such a strong color.  

"Commended" as one of the top 10 cake entries in the competition
Shimmery fantasy flowers between the tiers
Scallop bridge with Australian String Work fringed with lace pieces on the bottom tier. Cake board is covered with black fondant and stenciled with white royal icing
Bridge with Australian String Work fringed with lace pieces on the second tier
Black royal icing lace work on the top tier.
Close up of lace work : Pressure piped scrolls and delicate fish net lace
Close up of lace work : brush embroidery flowers
Close up of lace work : Pressure piped scrolls with herring fish scales lace and net lace
The judges (from Left) : Rose Wallace, Rosalind Chan, Eddie Spence and Debbie Brown
Congratulations from the Master of Royal Icing, Eddie Spence
Judges' feedback and comments. The judges especially Eddie Spence loved the string work. The term they used 'Exquisite'
The Top 10!
Up on stage